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  • October 2, 2011
  • • 20:10
  • • Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón, Avellaneda, Provincia de Buenos Aires
  • Referee: S. Pezzotta
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Argentina Apertura Preview: Racing - Independiente

Argentina Apertura Preview: Racing - Independiente

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The Superclasico de Avellaneda paralyses the southern Buenos Aires city this weekend as La Academia host their fierce local rivals at El Coliseo


PROBABLE LINEUPS

RACING CLUB

Saja

Pillud, Martinez, Cahais, Licht
Aued, Pelletieri, Yacob, Hauche
Moreno

 Gutierrez
INDEPENDIENTE

Assmann
Tuzzio, J. Velazquez, Milito, M. Velazquez
Pellerano, Godoy, Ferreyra
Rodriguez
Parra, Nieva

Racing are looking to build upon their title challenge and will start with the 2011 Clausura top scorer Teofilo Gutierrez leading the line ahead of compatriot Giovanni Moreno. The only departure from the club's 0-0 draw in their previous match is injured Patricio Toranzo, replaced by Gabriel Hauche. Diego Simeone's side remain unbeaten in the Apertura and will hope to maintain such form against their local rivals.

Independiente are coming into the Clasico de Avellaneda on the back of a poor run of form. They can only claim one victory from their four previous league games. Antonio Mohamed makes two changes from the side that lost to Velez in their previous league outing. Fabian Assmann replaces Hilario Navarro between the sticks and Patricio Rodriguez is preferred to Leonel Nunez.

 


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Avellaneda is one of few cities that can boast two different world champions.
  • Racing remain unbeaten in this year's Apertura with 4 wins and 5 draws.
  • Giovanni Moreno will make his first appearance in the clasico. He has missed the previous two, once through injury and the other through international duty.
  • La Academia won the last time the two sides met in April. A 2-0 victory was achieved with goals from Hauche and Gutierrez on the score sheet.
  • Independiente manager Ramon Diaz has a fantastic record in derby matches. As manager of River and San Lorenzo he was only beaten twice in 18 matches.
  • Independiente have earned 68 wins compared to Racing's 51 across the 182 times the clubs have met.
  • Gabriel Milito will be taking part in his first Clasico since his return from European champions Barcelona.
  • A strip of land just 300 metres long separates the stadiums of these two fierce rivals.

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Teófilo Gutiérrez
Teófilo Gutiérrez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Joining a few other players at the top of the scoring charts, Gutierrez has been in good goalscoring form for both club and country in recent months. He is an all round striker capable of scoring any kind of goals, he has great composure as well as being a threat in the air.
Facundo Parra
Facundo Parra
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker is always capable of grabbing a goal and can often be seen sniffing around the most dangerous areas. He is yet to score so far in the Apertura but every run must come to an end. He showed his prowess with seven goals in last season's Clausura.
Prediction
Independiente's recent poor form does not look set to change against their unbeaten local rivals. The Colombian combination of Teofilo Gutierrez and Giovanni Moreno for Racing could prove a difficulty for the visitors' defence. Home advantage should be enough to inspire another victory for Diego Simeone's side and see them keep pace with Boca at the top of the league.
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